The Township of Washington Police Department Social Media Policy
The Township of Washington Police Department now participates on several social media websites using the identifier WashTwpPolice (or expressed as @WashTwpPolice) for most social streams. We can also be found posting on social media under the hashtag #WashTwpPolice. These official accounts are used to offer an additional way to learn about this organization, and its role in law enforcement across Bergen County, as well as find out vital information that we would like to disseminate to our residents.
It should be noted that the term Social Media throughout this policy consists of our website, twitter, facebook and instagram page.
The Township of Washington Police Department provides up-to-date information to the general public through various social media platforms. The Township of Washington Police Department uses social media as a means to provide access to information about the Agency and provide a platform for interaction with the other agencies as well as the general public according to the guidelines outlined herewith. We strive to treat everyone with dignity and respect, and we expect the same from our online users and visitors. We hope by providing guidelines to our users and visitors they will have a more enjoyable experience and will be encouraged to return regularly. Posting on any Township of Washington Police Department social media platform constitutes acceptance of the following terms:
A. Customer Use: Authorized and Prohibited Comments
- Users are subject to the Terms of Service (TOS) of the host site. Any information you share with or post to the Township of Washington Police Department social media pages may be used by the host site for their own purposes. Please review and/or consult the host website’s Terms of Services.
- Comments promoting or endorsing political campaigns or candidates are strictly prohibited.
- The use of obscene, vulgar, pornographic, slanderous, defamatory, insulting, threatening or harassing language or the promotion of violence is prohibited. Personal attacks of any kind or offensive comments that target or disparage any ethnic, racial, age, or religious group, gender, sexual orientation or disability status are also strictly prohibited and are subject to removal.
- Comments advocating illegal activity or conduct in violation of any federal, state or local law are prohibited.
- Content that violates a legal ownership interest, such as a copyright or trademark, of any party are subject to removal. Contributors may only post their own, original content. Reproduced or borrowed content will be deleted where it reasonably appears to violate third party rights.
- Comments that detail serious unsubstantiated allegations or could harm or jeopardize ongoing investigations or legal action are subject to removal.
- Comments that constitute commercial marketing, commercial endorsement or unsolicited commercial advertisement are prohibited.
- Repetitive posts copied and posted by multiple users or unintelligible or irrelevant comments or that contain personal identifying information of any person may be removed.
Please be advised that posted comments do not necessarily represent the views of the Township of Washington Police Department.
C. Emergencies/Crime Tips and News/Media Requests
Please note our social media accounts are NOT monitored 24-7 and we cannot accept emergency posts or crime reports via social media. If you require emergency assistance, please call 911. For non emergency police assistance, please dial 201-664-1140. Reporters are asked to send questions to the Public Information Officer, Detective Heather Castronova through normal channels and to refrain from submitting questions via social media pages.
D. Information Disclaimer
The Township of Washington Police Department makes every effort to provide accurate and complete information via social media. The information contained on sponsored social media platforms, however, is not official nor in any way shall it be deemed to constitute legal notice where such legal notice is required by law. Any information posted is provided as a service and convenience to people needing information. Portions of the information posted by the Agency may be incorrect or not current. The Township of Washington Police Department and its officers, employees or agents shall not be liable for damages or losses of any kind arising out of or in connection with the use or performance of social media posted information, including but not limited to, damages or losses caused by reliance upon the accuracy or timeliness of any such information, or damages incurred from the viewing, distributing, or copying of those materials. We also accept no responsibility for lack of service due to host service downtime which can occur frequently.
E. Linking Policy
The Township of Washington Police Department social media pages may contain links to outside websites. These websites are not owned, controlled or reviewed by us. Any links are provided solely as a courtesy and convenience to the general public. The Agency, its officers or employees, exercise no control over the material contained in these outside websites nor does the Agency, its officers or employees, sponsor, endorse, or approve the information, materials, opinions or services contained on such outside websites. You proceed to these outside websites at his/her own risk. We specifically disclaims any and all liability from damages, which may result from the accessing of a third-party site, which is linked to our social media page or from reliance upon only such information.
F. Endorsement Disclaimer
Advertisements that appear alongside Agency social media accounts, pages or tweets issued by the Agency do not imply endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by Agency or its officers, employees or agents. The appearance of a user as a follower of an Agency account does not imply endorsement, nor does the Agency’s following any particular user imply endorsement. Likewise, the participation of the Agency on social media, including liking, commenting, reposting, retweeting, sharing or the use of other feature sets that are made available on social media pages at, toward, or about another’s account, message, or post do not imply endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by Agency or its officers, employees, or agents.
G. Copyright and Trademark Limitations/Use of Materials
The Township of Washington Police Department makes no warranty that materials contained on an Agency sponsored social media page are free of copyright or trademark claims or other restrictions or limitations on free use or display. Making a copy of such material may be subject to copyright or trademark laws. The Township of Washington Police Department has made the content of its social media pages available to the public and anyone may view, copy or distribute Township of Washington Police Department posted information found therein without obligation for non-commercial, personal use only.
H. Unauthorized Modifications
Unauthorized attempts to modify or otherwise alter any information posted on Agency sponsored social media pages may result in criminal prosecution.
We welcome feedback from our users and we try to join conversations or reply where possible, however, we are not able to reply to all the messages or posts that we receive. If you would like to provide feedback, please e-mail us by clicking here.
J. Right to Amend
The Township of Washington Police Department would like to advise all residents that all non criminal fingerprint requests (i.e. job/civil applications – employment) will no longer be conducted by the Township of Washington Detective Bureau. All requests must be referred to the New Jersey State Police website by clicking here. There, you will find a list of locations for fingerprinting. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the Township of Washington Police Detective Bureau at 201-664-1140 or e-mail Lt. John Calamari by clicking here.
Yes, the Township Police Department currently has two police officers who are trained in the proper use and installation of child passenger safety seats as a courtesy to the Township of Washington residents. Call the police desk at 201-664-1140 and ask to make an appointment with one of these officers, or email us at email@example.com. For additional information on child seat safety and the current laws that apply to children of all ages, visit the Township Police Departments Child Safety seat website by clicking here.
Yes. The Township of Washington Police Department sends regular messages to subscribers via Twitter, a social networking website. Subscribers can “follow” the Police Department on Twitter and opt to have messages sent directly to their mobile phone via text message. Please visit twitter.com/washtwppolice for more information.
Parking on any street, within the Township, is prohibited by local ordinance § 223-17Overnight parking. between the hours of 2am-5am. Permission can be given for special circumstances on a case by case basis. Please call the police desk at 201-664-1140 for parking permission.
NO PERMISSION will be given during snow storms, if there is a forecast for snow, or when the streets are still covered in snow following a storm.
Power outages, Telephone service disruptions, residential water supply problems, or any other utility questions should be directed to the specific utility. PSE&G can be reached at 800-436-7734, Suez Water at 800-422-5987 or 201-487-0011 (After hours), Verizon at 800-VERIZON, Cablevision – 201-262-8600. All WIRE DOWN incidents should be reported immediately to the Police.
Any change in the normal opening of school will be signaled by sounding the towns’ siren systems at 6:30, 7:00, and 7:30 A.M. Specific information about the changes for the day can be obtained in any of the following ways:
The Township of Washington Police, in partnership with the governing body, is committed to identify and solve problems that threaten the quality of life within the Township. To this end, the Department is also committed to the efficient suppression of criminal and drug related activity, and to provide a secure environment for our residents. Community oriented policing is a cornerstone of this approach. Our drug test policy can be viewed by CLICKING HERE.
All animal calls within the Township are handled by TYCO Animal Control. They can be reached at 201-507-8330. TYCO will assist residents with pest and rodent problems within the home for a fee. The Washington Twp. Police Department will also assist in locating the animal if we are notified.
Temporary Handicapped Permits are available at police headquarters. The applicant’s physician must complete a portion of the application. Permits are valid for 6 months and may be renewed for one additional 6 month period. There is a fee of $4.00, payable by check made out to “N.J. Motor Vehicle Commission.”
Permanent Handicapped Parking placards and plates are issued by the N.J. Motor Vehicle Commission and those applications are available on the MVC website or at any MVC office.
The Township of Washington Police Department is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and records may be picked up at any time. Requests for police records under the Open Public Records Act (OPRA) must go through the Township of Washington Clerk’s Office. Please see the Township of Washington’s website for additional information.
Yes. All burglar alarms within the township must be registered with the Police Department. Alarm Registration.
Print and complete this form and return it to police headquarters. All of the information provided is considered sensitive and is used only as a tool to provide the best possible emergency services to the residents of the township. If you do not have access to a printer, copies of the form are available at police headquarters.
The Police Department dispatches all of the Township’s emergency services; including Police, fire, and ambulance. For Emergency situations simply dial 9-1-1. The non-emergency phone number for the police desk is 201-664-1140.
Follow this link, directions, and enter your starting point. The online map will give you step by step directions to Washington Twp Police Headquarters.
Our address is 350 Hudson Avenue, Twp of Washington New Jersey 07676.